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Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759, 'Unfinished': I. Allegro moderato
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Idomeneo KV 366, Act 3, Scene I: Aria: Zeffiretti lusinghieri (Ilia)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music after Shakespeare, Op. 61: No. 7, Notturno (Con moto tranquillo)
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Messiah highlights (ed. Basil Lam) (1997 Remastered Version): I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano)
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Dixit Dominus (Psalm 109) (1988 Remastered Version): I. Dixit Dominus

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Charles Mackerras was known for his broad repertoire, expertise in Czech music, and use of period performance practices with modern orchestras. Born an American, he was taken to Australia as an infant by his family. He studied oboe, piano, and composition at New South Wales Conservatorium, Sydney. He joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as an oboist in 1945, and in that year also conducted the orchestra for the first time. Mackerras traveled to Europe in 1947 and became a membe... Read more

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